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I Went to see The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and…

 

 

This isn’t a film review. It’s more of an observation of what happened when I watched The Hobbit:The Desolation of Smaug. I have to warn you there are excerpts from comments I heard at the backseat. It’s not a crazy event as Catching Fire which left me no seat to my discomfort. This time, I had to eject from a previous place as parents brought their unruly kids inside. I found another one on the left side. There were still with kids at the back but at least they’re really watching.

Evangeline Lilly as Tauriel

Evangeline Lilly as Tauriel

I’s say my my, everything about the TDOS is beautiful. Peter Jackson covers the wide spectrum of the creepy and the beautiful. It takes time getting used to the ultra high definition screen. I am more into the ‘traditional’ look to LOTR where everything is ‘filmic’ and ‘dreamy.’ With TDOS, it’s like watching a computer game. But he makes it up for the crisp and deep colors.

The story begins with more dialogue before it jumps into action. ” Mom, who is Smaug.”? -Kids at the back. They later exclaimed during the spiders scene. And those are really big spiders! Really creepy which is my kind of creepy to be honest. Spiders are not supposed to make sounds but then again this is the imagination of Tolkien so who am I to argue?

I think I got a bit of butterflies in my stomach during the mountain scene when  Gandalf meets with Radagast to investigate the tombs of the Nazgûl.”There used to be only two birds on his head!” The little girl exclaimed at the back referring to scene where Radagast removes his hat to let the birds in and cover them with it. And later on: “Isn’t he (Gandalf) supposed to be a granpa? Why is he running like that?” Kids.

The sound effects are absolutely fantabulous! I felt the force of the vibration on my feet during the dragon scene as it exploits a lot of LFE. I got scared, being in an earthquake prone part of the country, it’s hard to tell if it was actual earthquake or just LFE.

I love the exchanges between the Drarf Kili and Tauriel. I read memes circulating that there’s no need for the romantic angle as they just need a strong female character, period. The ‘romantic’ angle is pure Hollywood bullshit to titillate young hormones. What do you think? I think they(memes) are right. But then again this is done tastefully and beautifully so it’s still fine with me. Come on haters. Have a little romantic love in your life.

Aidan Turner is getting better and better in his character. I remember watching him in BBC’s Almost Human playing a vampire. A few years later here he is on the big screen with The Hobbit Trilogy. What about Orlando Bloom as Legolas? It’s a long way from his first appearance in FOTR. The Legolas now has more muscle mass. He also looks harsher. Where’s the fragile ‘innocent’ elf we came to love?  Too much protein and workout? Obviously life happened, romance, break ups and what not. But it’s Orlando Bloom for crying out loud and he always gets my vote!  Canadian actress Evangeline Lilly has made a striking impression as the elf Tauriel. She plays the elf in a sort of an understated way-more human than ethereal.

Aidan Turner as the vampire Mitchell in Almost Human

Aidan Turner as the vampire Mitchell in Almost Human

And speaking of Elves, they’re the reason behind my fascination with all of Tolkien’s stories. With their abilities, they remind me a bit of vampires without the blood sucking thing.

Everything about TDOS is beautiful. The movie really takes you away from reality into a world where tenderness, romantic love and the love for flowing gowns are revered.

 

 

 

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  • http://www.tiredofpreviews.com Katy Kern

    I actually plan on seeing this film now. I’ve heard it’s much better than THE HOBBIT. Glad to hear.

    Also, I watched ALMOST HUMAN (both versions) and Aidan’s vampire might have been the reason I watched it as when he left, I stopped. ;)

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  • http://spheremusic.me Baxter

    Katy my reason for stopping seems to be the same as yours ;)

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  • http://thesecretkeeper.net/ Jennifer Kiley

    What you have written has peaked my curiosity to watch TDOS. I watched the series of LOTR. My partner is a lover of Tolkien. She has seen The Hobbit. And multiple times viewed LOTR x 3. I love fantasy but was never able to get into reading Tolkien. So many other fantasies have caught my imagination in the reading area. Visually, agree with you about the elves. They are who I love. I enjoy watching LOTR.

    I never made it through The Hobbit, book or first film. I will now look forward to TDOS. I live with a Dragon lover who published two books on Dragons. It is a condition I gladly accept. Dragons are quite regal. So it will be difficult to cheer on the Hobbits. But I have heard the story that Smaug took over what wasn’t his, which is the Dwarves town and their treasure. She, my partner, said, “I’ve heard Peter Jackson played stretch the Hobbit, but it is still good on it’s own, but Smaug is well rendered, even if he is a bad guy.” So, she does feel Smaug isn’t one of the good guy Dragons. Which means I can appreciate it, if Smaug doesn’t win or not. Don’t know the answer to that yet, but can’t wait ti find out.

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  • http://spheremusic.me Baxter

    Jennifer I assure you that regardless of the character, a HUGE dragon is really something. Like you I am fascinated with them. Have you seen the animation Flight of Dragons? It’s the first one about them I’ve seen as a child.

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  • http://www.garrycrystal.blogspot.com/ Garry Crystal

    I’ve seen a few Peter Jackson films but never any of the LOTR or Hobbit films (although I did see the LOTR animation film as a kid). Your review actually makes me want to see this one but I think i’ll give it a miss on the cinema and..er…find it online somewhere.

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    • http://celticmusicfan.com/ Baxter Labatos

      His work on King Kong with Naomi Watts was amazing! You can wait when it goes out on Blue Ray or any video format :D The dragon scene was incredible.

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  • http://www.garrycrystal.blogspot.com/ Garry Crystal

    I was looking up his films last night after reading your article and i’ve seen King Kong, the Lovely Bones and the Frighteners, all of which were great. I could always spend a day watching the LOTR over xmas, maybe.

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  • http://celticmusicfan.com/ Baxter Labatos

    They are all feel good movies…except um..The Lovely Bones. But then again they are all visually beautiful. I wish you a relaxed Christmas. A friend will be dripping by. She’s a punk so it would not be boring hahaha. I hate it when there are many people. Not the ‘sociable’ unless it is required like in a work environment.

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